Washington Crossing the Delaware is a painting by Larry Rivers. In his 1992 autobiography, What did I Do? Mr Rivers describes how he came to create the work of art.
Tolstoy's novel was not something I could see, not a figure or a landscape, a church or a mountainside. By meshing Napoleon's invasion of Russia with contemporary life, Tolstoy set me on a course that produced Washington Crossing the Delaware.... This work was going to take my style of painting, charcoal drawing and rag wiping, to a new height. The mixture of grand art and absurdity was with me from the beginning.... branded a rebel against the rebellious abstract expressionists, which made me a reactionary.- AsNotedIn
|1953/00/00||Larry Rivers||Painter||Washington Crossing the Delaware - created|
|1953/00/00||After reading Tolstoy's War and Peace, Larry Rivers is inspired to paint the most controversial painting of our time|